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Study Skills: Academic reading strategies and note-making techniques

Venue: Online

Many students initially find it difficult to manage the quantity and complexity of academic reading that is required of them. In addition, making effective notes from your reading and in lectures is a complex activity that requires you to engage in active reading or listening, and critical thinking simultaneously.  This workshop will consider the importance of active reading strategies in managing the quantity and complexity of reading at university level. It will also discuss the purpose of note-making, the importance of using a range of active note-making techniques, and how to integrate your notes into your writing.

This online workshop will take place on a Collaborate link within the Birkbeck Study Skills Moodle Module. It is intended for enrolled Birkbeck students only, and you will require your student login details to access the workshop.

All our workshops are repeated numerous times throughout the academic year. The resources and a recording of this workshop will be available in the Study skills resources section of the Birkbeck Study Skills Moodle module (student login required).

The central study skills team offers a variety of study skills and writing skills workshops.

This is one of the study skills workshop series, which consists of:
1. Time management and organising your studies
2. Procrastination, perfectionism and prioritisation
3. Reading and notemaking for university
4. Mindmapping
5. Critical thinking – what is critical thinking?
6. Critical thinking – building and evaluating academic argument
7. Avoiding plagiarism and referencing academic sources
8. Summarising, paraphrasing and quoting effectively
9. Zotero academic referencing software - live demonstration
10. Exams and revision strategies

11. How to develop your concentration and focus


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